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A longtime resident of the city of Carson, California, Brandy Norwood, is known to TV viewers as "Moesha".

Having just turned 21, Brandy is already a top recording artist for Atlantic Records, hitting the national charts with songs such
as "Baby" and "I Wanna Be Down." She also stars in her own nationally televised TV show. The sitcom "Moesha" airs here
in Los Angeles County at 8 PM on Tuesdays on Channel 13.

Miss Norwood was nominated for the Grammy as the Best New Artist of 1996, and was named one of the Top 40 Most Fascinating People on TV by People Magazine. She won the MTV Move Award for Best Movie Song, and One of Teen People Magazine's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21.

Brandy's latest album, Never Say Never, burned up the charts. The first song to be released from the new album, "The Boy Is Mine(a duet with Monica), heldthe #1 spot on the Top 40 charts.

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Brandy also starred in a new version of "Cinderella," on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney," first telecast in November 1997.

Whitney Houston appeared as
her fairy godmother.

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In May of 1999, Brandy starred alongside legend Diana Ross in the made-for-TV movie "Double Platinum."

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Brandy the Diva: In April of 1999, Brandy appeared live onstage with Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige and Elton John in VH1's annual "Divas Live!" show.

She has also appeared in a number of Cover Girl make-up commercials on TV.

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Brandy Norwood was born on February 11, 1979 in Macomb, Mississippi, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a church music director, and Sonja, a financial analyst.

     Brandy began her career by singing in her family church at the age of two. When she first heard Whitney Houston sing, she told her daddy that she wanted to go out and sing like her. When Brandy was four years old, the Norwood family moved out to Carson, California to pursue the youngster’s dream. By age 11, Brandy was performing in talents shows and at community & charity events when she met a producer who took her to auditions at various record labels. At age 14, she signed with Atlantic Records, the same label which produced Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

     With her mother acting as her manager, Brandy’s self-titled 1994 debut album ("Brandy") was released when she was 15; it was certified gold in just two months, and went on to be triple platinum - selling more than 3 million copies. Her biggest hits have been "Baby," "I Wanna Be Down," "Brokenhearted", and "Sitting In My Room". She was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist of 1996, and she won the Soul Train Video Award for Best New Artist. She made a video with Boys II Men, a duet with Lenny Kravitz ("Where Are You Now" on the Batman Forever soundtrack), and was on the “Waiting to Exhale” soundtrack. Brandy has also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

     Her latest single, a duet with Monica called "The Boy Is Mine," hit the national pop charts at No. 1. Her new album is "Never Say Never."

     Her second career, as an actress, has also taken off like a rocket. In 1990, she appeared in the movie, Arachnaphobia, when she was just 11 years old. In 1993, she had a small role in the Sly Stallone movie Demolition Man. That same year, she moved to television, playing the daughter, Denesha, on the now-defunct ABC sitcom, “Thea”. Brandy then accepted a starring role as the lead in “Moesha”, a UPN sitcom which premiered in January of 1996.  In 1997, she starred in a new version of “Cinderella” on ABC's “The Wonderful World of Disney”. And in 1998, she had her first major role in a feature film: "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," the sequel to the popular 1997 thriller. And currently, she is working with Disney again, this time on "Double Platinum," a TV movie in which she will star with Diana Ross (it will air on ABC in May.)

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     But success hasn’t spoiled Brandy Norwood.

     According to everyone who has met her, Brandy remains a smart, sensible young woman. She still lives at home in Carson with her mother, father and her 17-year-old brother, Ray J (who is also an actor and recording artist in his own right.)  She said she wouldn’t date seriously until she was 18, and she still lives with her parents. She made straight-A’s in high school, and she plans to become a lawyer after college (she has already enrolled at Princeton). When she was 16, she went on a four week national high school tour, performing and talking to kids about the importance of staying in school, staying off drugs, and protecting the environment. Quincy Jones calls her “mature way beyond her years”.

    Yet like any young lady, she loves to shop, she adores the video “Clueless”, and she is still hopelessly starstruck - although she has known Whitney Houston for years, she still screams every time the singer phones her. Besides Whitney, Brandy loves Michael Jackson and also admires Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton.

(See a list of Brandy's CD albums by clicking here.)

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